PEACE PAGODA - INDIA
In ancient times, Rajgir (meaning the Home of the Kingdom) was in the kingdom of Maghada ruled by Bimbisara. The king was so taken with the Buddha and his teachings, that he gave him and his disciples around 100 acres of land on which to build a retreat house for the yearly 3-month rainy season. This first monastery was in a golden bamboo grove after which it was named. On one of the hills in the cave of Saptparni, was held the first Buddhist Council. Today, "Peace Pagoda" was built on the hill by the Japanese. Rajgir is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since Buddha spent 12 years here.